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Hydroponic Growing in Chile

April 19, 2014
Santiago’s surrounding landscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills with the mountains of the Andes chain visible from most points in the city.

In Latin American countries like Chile, there is an increasing interest in learning about hydroponics and the solutions it can offer to agriculture in the region.

Feature by CHRISTINE BROWN-PAUL Photography by SAM ROSS

Hydroponics first came to Latin America during the 1970s. At the outset, it was used to market vegetables considered luxury items. By the mid-1980s, hydroponic farming began to be a popular alternative among the very poorest, who adopted the practice in the hillside slums surrounding most large Latin American cities. Read More »

Potato growers embrace aeroponic cultivation

April 15, 2014

Researchers from Cornell University in the United States have begun utilising revolutionary aeroponic technology in cultivating disease-free seed potatoes. Aeroponics is the process of growing plants suspended in the air, without the use of soil. Read More »

Australian Floriculture Industry Production update

April 15, 2014

High import penetration and price competition from supermarkets have put pressure on profit margins in the Floriculture Production industry in the past five years. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Floriculture Production industry in Australia. Read More »

Cyclone Ita damage assessment underway

April 14, 2014

Farmers and industry groups are busy assessing the damaging from Tropical Cyclone Ita, even as the system tracks down the Queensland coast and out to sea, causing flooding and wind damage to crops, pastures, and infrastructure. Early reports are for some significant damage to sugar cane, banana and other horticultural crops in Far North Queensland, but on a lesser scale than that experienced after cyclones Larry and Yasi. Read More »

Ag families prepare for Cyclone Ita

April 11, 2014

It’s all hands on deck as northern Queenslanders prepare for the impact of Tropical Cyclone Ita, with farmers working fast to harvest their crops as quickly as possible before the storm hits. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said his thoughts and best wishes go out to those working to protect their properties as winds from the category 5 cyclone continue to intensify, with landfall expected late on Friday. Read More »

What vegetables need to chill out?

April 10, 2014

To chill or not to chill? That is the question on the minds of Australian consumers according to a recent Project Harvest report released by AUSVEG. A lack of knowledge on how to store vegetables is leading to unnecessary wastage in Australian homes, according to the findings from 12 focus groups held around Australia. Read More »

FTA means falling vegetable tariffs in Japan

April 8, 2014

AUSVEG, the National Peak Industry body representing Australia’s vegetable and potato growers has welcomed the announcement made last night of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which has been struck between Australia and Japan. The agreement will have positive implications for the Australian horticulture industry, with a range of fruit and vegetable commodities flagged for tariff elimination. Read More »